KALISPELL - If you've ever wanted an inside look at what it's like to be in law enforcement, now is your chance. The Flathead County Sheriff's Office is currently accepting applications for the Sheriff's Citizens Academy.
Beginning mid-April, courses will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays for eight weeks.
The Citizens Academy is taught by deputies and other members of the sheriff's office, each highlighting their individual area of expertise.
During the eight-week academy, participants will learn about law enforcement operations ranging from patrol and investigations, emergency vehicle operations and firearm procedures.
Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says participants will gain hands-on experience similar to what the training officers receive, and that it will be a great opportunity not only for participants but also for law enforcement.
"One of the goals is to give them an inside look into law-enforcement to see what we deal with on a day-to-day basis," Cury said. "Play a little bit with our technology, drive some of the cars, shoot some of the weapon systems. It's a chance for people to not just contribute to us and learn about it to have some fun as well."
The Citizens Academy is open to any Flathead County resident 18 years of age or older. The cost is free but space is limited. Applications will be accepted until March 2.